The Music Technology and Games department at the University of Huddersfield are inviting applications for The Andrew Scheps Music Production Scholarship, a new full-time PhD study program which will begin in October 2023. They say that the scholarship is open to applicants engaging in research on any subject related to spatial audio music production, particularly popular music production and mixing.
The scholarship will provide students with an exciting opportunity to explore spatial audio mixing within popular music genres, and to better understand the influence of production and mixing strategies on the end listener. Examples given for research topics include the use of height and rear speakers, the impact of spatial mixing on instrumental cohesion within music production or the extent to which the precision of the mixing controls aligns with human psychoacoustic capabilities.
The successful candidate an expect:
- A full fee waiver of tuition fees
- Full-time PhD study for three years beginning in October 2023
- Supervision from internationally renowned academic staff, including support from Andrew Scheps
- £3k per annum stipend
- Access to financial support relating to the scholarship
- Access to cutting-edge music production and research facilities including a Dolby Atmos-equipped studio and purpose-built spatial audio critical listening room
"I’m very excited to be a part of the Andrew Scheps Music Production Scholarship at the University of Huddersfield. Immersive production and mixing is an exploding field within the music business, and its impact on the business as well as consumers is something that needs to be better understood from technical, sociological and practical perspectives. Huddersfield has the perfect balance of creative and practical music technology studies and a history of rich and varied academic research in a field that is historically hard to quantify. I very much look forward to working with the recipients to help them through their research and I will certainly learn a lot along the way myself." - Andrew Scheps
The deadline for international applications is 9 June 2023, whilst home applications are being accepted until 30 June 2023. More information, along with details on how to apply, can be found on the University of Huddersfield website.